Anchie Huang, 30’s
737 Business Operations, The Boeing Company. Currently working on integrating with different functions of the company to ensure the new China Completion & Delivery Center is operationally ready to deliver airplanes to our customers.
What racial, ethnic, cultural community or communities do you identify with?
When and how did your family come to the United States? Where were you born?
I was born in Springfield, MA. My dad came to the University of Connecticut to study graduate school and brought along my mom. Decided to stay and live the American dream!
What are the strengths and challenges of being Asian, Asian American, and/or Pacific Islander?
The challenge of being an Asian American is the balance between the American culture and my parent's upbringing culture. I grew up in a very predominately white society and that influenced my culture and values. They are sometimes in conflict with my parent’s thoughts.
However, having those 2 unique perspectives, gives me a chance to pick and choose and make my own set of values to live by.
The strength of being Asian American, and more so for being 1st or 2nd generation, is that parents make sacrifices to ensure their kids do well. I believe that this has instilled key soft skills, such as humbleness and humility, while also that driven mentality to pursue passion or dreams.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Proudest accomplishment was starting the Society of Asian Scientists & Engineer college chapter at The Ohio State University. SASE's mission is to prepare Asian heritage scientists and engineers for success in the global business world. We were the 2nd college chapter to be started.
What is one thing you learned or appreciate from your family growing up?
The importance of hard work. Hard work in middle and high school gives you an opportunity to go to a good university. Hard work in university gives you an opportunity to land an internship and/or full time job.
Do you speak your family's native language? Why or why not?
Taiwanese is a dialect form of Mandarin. I can speak a little and can understand some of the words. I am a typical ABC (American-Born Chinese) who can speak and can understand Mandarin but reading and writing skills lag behind.
What advice do you have for the younger generations in our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community?
Do what you're passionate about. If you don't know, then it's okay. Try different things out and when you find something, then keep on building it. Also, don't shoot for your dream job when you are entering the workforce. Figure out the steps and skills that are needed to get to your dream job.
What gives you the greatest joy in life?
Traveling. I have been to 31 countries so far. Learning new and different cultures and surround the beautiful nature that Mother Earth has given us.
Are there any projects you have created that you'd like to share and promote?
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Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander voices in our communities.
This is a section for AAPI specifically because, coming from our Khmer culture, we often feel invisible in various spaces from school to the media.
We want to show the ways in which we are the same and different, and that all of our backgrounds and experiences are valuable to learn and celebrate. Let's uplift each other!
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